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Being raised in a small, friendly, place was great to me. I could walk everywhere I needed to go. I was never afraid.

I went to a private school with about 300 kids. We stayed in one room and had one teacher most of the time. Sometimes, for special classes, another teacher would come in and teach us.

We didn't have physical education. We played games on wednesday. We didn't suit up or shower. We wore uniforms. That's how my schooling went from First through eighth grades. We lived in the same house with the same neighbors and friends until I was fourteen years old. It was great!

One day Dad said he had been transferred to a big city. I thought it was a great idea. I was exicted about the move. In no time at all, we were moved, and settled, in a new house, new neighbors, and no friends.

Our house was beautiful to me. It had wall to wall carpet and new furniture, it was great. I was going to go to a Junior high school that two thousand kids were also attending. Up until now I only knew Uniforms, oxford shoes white anklets, no makeup, no jewelry, no purse. Things that these talked about, I had never heard before. I really didn't understand what they were talking about. When a boy would say things like "give me some" I asked a girl next to me what does he mean? She looked at me as if I were retarded.

I had no clothes like the other kids had, because, up until then I had only worn uniforms. There had never been the need for them.

Now I was going to have physical Education, suit up and take showers. Oh my goodness, All the girls taking showers the same time with only a towel around them. I could not do this! My Dad did not understand how I could fail P.E.

At lunch time I stood in the girls restroom. I was afraid to eat in the cafeteria. I was self conscious. It was such a culture shock. It was living in a foreign country. Not knowing how to dress, communicate,even how to fit in. It was a scarey time for me. The second year at that school was a great deal better. By then I had learned to fit in better, dress better, understand their lingo better.

I think that this was a great learning experience for me. It is a good thing to teach you how the other half feels. If you see someone who is new, acting lost, confused, help them fit in. Remember how it feels on the outside.


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C. Hughes  

A nice reminiscence. I never attended a school that needed uniforms but I did change schools as a Freshman in high school. We moved from the 'burbs into the city for a bit. I won't elaborate but I was quite grateful the next year when we moved back. I never did fit in at the other school. I also had the stigma of being from the suburbs. I still remember how it feels to be an outsider.

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  about 6 years ago

Thank you for reading my article

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  about 6 years ago

it's not an article, it's expressions about your life experience. much better than an "article" in my humble opinion. These are the writings that draw me to reading. Iv'e always felt on the outside my whole life and my attempts to "get inside" have failed every time. I don't bother trying any more. I just listen to the wind, the birds, I watch the earth and I don't get people very much at all. Until I see a title like "On The Outside." I will never fit anywhere with man's organisations. I only fit with the earth and it's creatures and the One who created it all. thank you Sharon. Robbie :)

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  about 6 years ago

thanks so much for that insite there are alot of us out there. Sharon

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  about 6 years ago

So true Sharon. Always help those in need. It will come back to you 10 fold :) Really nice article!

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  about 6 years ago

thankx Shawn

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  about 6 years ago

Great article! well told and very interesting.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Lewis

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  about 6 years ago
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